“Doing It Afraid”

{Title inspired by A&B’s biggest advocate: Margo Souza}

For weeks and weeks I’ve been thinking, thinking, thinking, trying to find something inspirational to write about; and for weeks and weeks nothing has come to me. Plain and simple, you can’t force inspiration. So, I waited….and I waited…. And I waited….

And I {finally} found it!

Well, she found us, to be exact. Margo Souza: entrepreneur, author, speaker, contributor. Margo walked into our lives with a pep to her step and a steadfast belief in our grassroots organization, Arise & Be. She is teaching us “how to fish” rather than “handing over the fish on a platter.” Priceless. If you don’t know who she is, Google her! Her accomplishments and achievements to the community are countless. In the mean time, let me share a little tidbit about this amazing 75 year old woman that you won’t find on Google.

Margo Souza

In the early 60’s, Margo left everything behind and {fearfully} drove to Seattle to pursue her goal of getting her degree. Despite her car breaking down en route, having no money, no support and being completely terrified and alone, she could have chosen to turn around at any moment, but she kept on going. This was just the beginning of Margo “doing it afraid”. From there, she went on to achieve many more accomplishments {ie: check out MooMilk.com} and touch the lives of countless people along the way.

Doing It Afraid

Now, at 75, Margo is entering an entirely new stage of life. She is wholeheartedly giving back. Inspiring women, encouraging and supporting the arts in local communities, promoting leadership to the up and coming generations and fully living up to her giftedness of being a “conduit to success” for others.

This whole “doing it afraid” concept really got me thinking. Doing it afraid? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Why would I want to do something afraid? Why not stay in my bubble and do what feels comfortable and safe? Why would I choose to embrace such an unpleasant feeling?

And then it all made sense.

As I sat and thought about all the things I’ve done in my life that have been scary, heck, downright terrifying! {going away to college, surprise! I’m pregnant!, purchasing our first home, starting my own event planning business, buying our first car, being in debt, enduring two miscarriages, homeschooling our daughter, picking up our family & moving to Spain for 3 months, running a ½ marathon, running a marathon, having a home birth, saying “no”, paying off our debt}. All terrifying, all magical, all a part of my story.

It hit me! Had I not chosen to face these moments head on, fear and all, and do it afraid, I would have been choosing to not actively take part in my journey. What I’m doing right now, at this very moment is pretty scary. All of it. Stepping into a new business endeavor with three incredible women. My heart wide open. I don’t have all the answers or know what is to come. Yet…. I’m doing it and I’m doing it afraid.

My wish for you is that the next time you are faced with a giant decision, a monumental change, or searching for the courage to stand up for something great; that doing it afraid will no longer be a scary something in your mind. That it will instead be an identifiable something! Recognizing that the being afraid part isn’t a sign to turn away and run, but in fact it’s the opposite. It’s the sign of a door opening, a new chapter; asking, begging, pleading with you to be brave and step into your best life:-)

Now be afraid! And Go Do!




  1. Wow! Here is my journal entry for today and then I came across your blog. Not an accident:

    I’m scared. Scared to the point of not being able to move forward. What if I try and no one cares? What if I try and I don’t get a following?

    I’m scared of being attacked because people WILL not be happy with all I have to say.

    Is this really what God wants me to be doing?

    What is the focus he wants me to work on? What is my niche? How do I say what he wants me to say bringing glory to him in a godly way? How do I not put my foot in my mouth? How do I know what is my ego and what is glorifying to him?

    I want to create a culture where women are real with themselves so they can be real with their families, each other, God. I want them to remove the labels and insecurities that hold them down and get in the way of doing God’s will for them.

    Who am I to tell people what to do and how to live? I guess I’m a follower of God who is working to live out my truth every day, labels and all: ADD, depression, insecure, potty mouth, sinner.

    The journey is a trust walk. I cannot see the path before me. I can’t see the hands that hold mine. I have a vision of where I am going but no evidence that the vision is in fact real.

    All I can do is keep moving forward and trust that no matter what, he is there guiding me. I just need to quiet myself and plug into his word each day, surrender my day to him, obey, and trust. Easy to say, not easy to do, but I’m ready. Ready for this sacrifice, ready for this journey, ready for this adventure.

    Michaela, Thank you for sharing. It’s OK to be afraid, but we can still DO!

  2. Cheyenne

    I love love love this!!! So many times the best things in life are scary. when I look back at all the scariest moments in my life, it wasn’t about being brave, it was about closing my eyes, terrified and all, and jumping off the bridge. Only to open my eyes in a cool refreshing river of life, going with the flow and Feeling the rush of accomplishment. Thank you for reminding me of this Michaela. Now if only I could figure out what bridge is next…….:-)

  3. Mary Beth

    And I’m crying. Exactly what I needed to hear.

  4. Shelly

    Michaela!!! You are a gifted communicator!! So well said and incredibly impactfull.

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